Getting to Know More About Ocean Sciences Graduate Students

Jan 13th, 2014

Danielle Nichols

Getting to Know More About Ocean Sciences Graduate Students

Gwyn Mason, MSc student

What do you study at Memorial?

I am studying the rate of rapid evolution an introduced Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) populations, genetically and physically, and making comparisons with it's founder population

Who is your supervisor?

I'm co-supervised by Dr. Ian Fleming (OSC) and Dr. Ian Bradbury (DFO). They are both awesome, extremely knowledgeable guys, so I'm very happy I have them as supervisors!

What is your favorite aspect of your studies?

Right now, I'm really enjoying the field and lab work! I loved catching the parr (even though I fell in!) and making the crosses. I'm excited for my project to unfold, I think it will be very interesting, but a lot of work!

Why did you choose to study at Memorial?

I've always had a soft spot for Newfoundland. I've visited many times growing up. I love the coastal life style and the Atlantic Canadian culture, so it was the perfect spot!

Where are you from?

I'm originally from a small town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia called Bridgewater, but lived in Halifax for 5 years before coming to MUN

What did you do before coming to MUN?

I did my undergrad at Dalhousie University and graduated with a BSc. Hons. Marine Biology Co-op degree in May 2013.

What are you interests outside of school?

Rugby! I also love travelling and seeing new parts of the world. I'm an animal lover, so I enjoy interacting with them any way I can. Also, I'm a bit of a movie buff, cook aholic and a budding tea addict.

What's your idea of agood time?

Right now, I really enjoy having low key nights with friends and having a couple of drinks. Trivia nights at Bitter's is always fun!

Tell us something interesting about you?

I lived on a beach (literally, the water was maybe 30 metres away) 9 km away from the nearest town in Costa Rica for three months doing Sea turtle research!



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